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Boost Your Back-to-School Spirit with These 7 Uplifting Songs

Whether you're a dedicated teacher planning lessons, a diligent cafeteria worker serving lunches, a diligent janitor keeping the hallways clean, a parent navigating the morning drop-off chaos, or a student gearing up for a fresh semester, there's a song on One Radio that resonates with you. If you're feeling anxious about the challenges that lie ahead, Cody Carnes' "Firm Foundation (He Won't)" will reinforce the truth that, as believers, we have a solid foundation to stand upon. If you need a dance break between classes, Micah Tyler's "Praise the Lord" will undoubtedly get your feet moving. And if you ever doubt how much you're loved, look no further than Tasha Layton's "Never." Here are seven songs to uplift and inspire you as you embark on your back-to-school journey.

1. "Never" by Tasha Layton Tasha Layton draws inspiration from the reassuring words of Deuteronomy 3:16 in her latest single, "Never." The verse reminds us to be strong and courageous, knowing that the Lord will always be with us, never leaving or forsaking us. Layton collaborated with a talented team of co-writers, including Matthew West, AJ Pruis, and her husband, Keith Everette Smith, who also produced this uplifting track. Layton hopes that "Never" serves as a constant reminder that you are never forgotten, never forsaken, and never abandoned, even in your darkest moments.

2. "Firm Foundation (He Won't)" by Cody Carnes Cody Carnes' "Firm Foundation (He Won't)" has likely become a staple in your church's worship repertoire. This powerful song has resonated with congregations worldwide since its initial release in 2021. Serving as the title track for Carnes' fifth album and second live project, this anthem ignites a sense of unity and faith like no other. Carnes believes deeply in the message of "Firm Foundation (He Won't)," and it has the power to transform a room during worship.

3. "Praise the Lord" by Micah Tyler Micah Tyler's "Praise the Lord" introduces a fresh perspective on the biblical principle of praising God. Drawing from the Old Testament, Tyler reminds us that praise should be our initial response to God's actions, no matter the circumstances. This song serves as a powerful reminder that, no matter what challenges we face, there is a God worthy of our worship and praise.

4. "My Light" by Colton Dixon Colton Dixon's "My Light" radiates hope and faith. Inspired by Psalm 119:105, which describes God's word as a lamp to guide our feet and a light for our path, this soulful song encourages us to find our way through life's darkest moments. Dixon's personal journey, which included the birth of twins and career uncertainty, shaped the heartfelt message of "My Light." The song reminds us that even in our most fearful moments, God's light will guide us.

5. "Your Love" by Blessing Offor Blessing Offor, known from "The Voice," continues to captivate audiences worldwide with his soulful sound. "Your Love," from his debut collection "My Tribe," is a groove-filled pop anthem that delves into the divine. The lyrics reflect a journey from seeking happiness in worldly pursuits to finding true fulfillment in God's love. It's a song that resonates with the idea that we find our true purpose and happiness in God's unwavering love.

6. "Lead On Good Shepherd" by Patrick Mayberry (feat. Zahriya) Patrick Mayberry's "Lead On Good Shepherd," featuring vocalist Zahriya Zachary, draws inspiration from Psalm 23. Despite its peaceful imagery, the song is filled with energy and carries a message of God's faithfulness even in the seemingly ordinary moments of life. Mayberry challenges us to consider that God's faithfulness isn't just seen in monumental victories but in His promise to never leave or forsake us, no matter the circumstances.

7. "Hallelujah Feeling" by Caleb & John Caleb & John brings a vibrant pop-worship vibe to Christian music with their debut single, "Hallelujah Feeling." Based on Romans 15:13, the song emphasizes the joy and peace that come from trusting in God. The duo aims to remind us that "hallelujah" is more than just a word—it represents the joy of the Lord, something accessible to anyone who knows Jesus.

These uplifting songs are here to accompany you on your back-to-school journey, whether you're a student, educator, or parent. Let the power of music inspire you as you tackle the challenges and opportunities of the upcoming academic year.

These songs are played here on One Radio.

Write-up by Lindsay Williams.


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